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The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet's animated feature creates an Edinburgh never seen before

2 Jun 2010

Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, the film opening the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival, puts a vision of Edinburgh, and rural Scotland, on screen like no other. Set in 1950s Edinburgh and the Western Isles, locations depicted in the animated…

Edinburgh festival 2010: Where to drink

16 Jul 2010

The Edinburgh bar guide you need for the 2010 Festival

It’s almost impossible to spend an August in Edinburgh without indulging in one of its watering holes. Niki Boyle takes the ultimate pub crawl, so you don’t have to

Edinburgh International Magic Festival launched

8 Jul 2010

Edinburgh welcomed a new addition to its festival calendar on Tuesday night: the first ever Edinburgh International Magic Festival was launched at The Scottish Book Trust, just off the Royal Mile. It was a very swanky affair, with a few neat…

EIFF 2010 Best of the Fest screenings

21 Jun 2010

Edinburgh International Film Festival Best of the Fest is a weekend full of screenings from the festival that have proved to be the hits of the programme among audience members, festival organisers and industry professionals. Book your tickets now at…

Nick Cave book reading announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010

15 Jun 2010

Musician and author Nick Cave will be appearing at the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival. He will be reading from his book The Death of Bunny Munro, published by Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate. The reading will be part of the…

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Mr Nice, Pelican Blood and The Good Heart among Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 highlights

1 Jun 2010

The Edinburgh International Film Festival programme was announced today. Here are some concise highlights as selected by our film critic at The List.

EIFF launches its 2010 programme

1 Jun 2010

On the miserable wet morning of Tue 1 June at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, the good the bad and the ugly of Scottish media gathered in surprising numbers for the later-than-usual-launch of the Edinburgh International Film Festival's 2010 programme. In…

Edinburgh International Magic Festival

5 May 2010

All things magic have joined the festival party, pulling their own brand of special out of the hat. The inaugural Edinburgh International Magic Festival will be set over five days from 7–11 July, in venues including The Lot, the Scottish Storytelling…

Edinburgh Fringe set for administrative reform

21 Jan 2010

FROM a homosexual Jesus to Jane Austen’s Guide to Pornography, the Fringe has never been short of controversy when it comes to its acts. There was disappointment then, last year, when the headlines still focussed on the Fringe’s administration over the…

Half Price Hut set for Edinburgh Fringe 2009

7 Aug 2009

The List can happily announce that, despite fears, the half-price hut shall be returning for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009. Opening at 10am on Tuesday 11th August, the hut shall be offering discount prices for a variety of shows in its new home…

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The gathering of the bribes

6 Aug 2009

We don’t like to call it bribery, that’s a dirty word, but now that the Festival’s starting to roll into town the standard of, er, unsolicited gifts arriving here at List Towers is definitely on the up. And we don’t mind it one bit. It might not…

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

4 Aug 2009

The King of Pop at the Gates of Heaven and Hell in Edinburgh

It was bound to happen but still we at List Towers couldn’t help but raise a smile at the news that Michael Jackson at the Gates of Heaven and Hell is rocking into town and landing at the Big Belly. In a series of sketches, audiences will hear from…

These Colours Productions win the Dupliquick Zebra prize

4 Aug 2009

Edinburgh Fringe poster design competition

These Colours Productions, the team behind King of Gypsies have started their festival season in style by winning the first award of the year, the Dupliquick Zebra prize for poster design. The company won £500 in cash plus £500 worth of printing.

Jenny Éclair for one night only

4 Aug 2009

Laughter saves lives at the Hot Pink Breakthrough Balloon Show

Funny lady Jenny Éclair will host the one-night-only premiere Hot Pink Breakthrough Balloon Show to raise money for Breast Cancer. The comedy benefit will be happening on Saturday 22 August from 3pm–5pm in the Debating Hall, in the Gilded Balloon.

ScotRail announce special Edinburgh Festival timetable

28 Jul 2009

A new late-night train to North Berwick is among this year’s services. The service will run on Fridays and Saturdays and depart at 2337 - 30 minutes after the usual last train. Late night services to Glasgow Queen Street will depart from Edinburgh…

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Edinburgh Mela Festival

23 Jul 2009

The Edinburgh Mela Festival is returning to Pilrig Park this year for its usual celebration of cultural diversity in Scotland, taking place between 7–9 Aug. The BBC Asian Network are on board for the first time and will be broadcasting live from the…

Book Festival director stands down

23 Jul 2009

Catherine Lockerbie, the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has stepped down from her position after a 9-year tenure. Lockerbie leaves behind one of the most respected book festivals in the world, thanks largely to her commitment…

Edinburgh International Film Festival announces programme

6 May 2009

The Edinburgh International Film Festival was announced today. The programme Includes 135 features from 33 countries and includes 23 World Premieres. Highlights from the programme include opening film Away We Go from British director Sam Mendes on 17…

Beyond the Book Fest

4 Sep 2008

Following their success this summer, The Edinburgh International Book Festival will present a special autumn event with award-winning Australian author David Malouf. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, his book Remembering Babylon was shortlisted…

Fringe ticket sales drop

4 Sep 2008

The Fringe took a double knock last week when figures revealed ticket sales were down by almost 10% this year - the first fall in eight years. Competition from the Olympics, box office problems and bad weather were all noted as factors. Fringe director…

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Edinburgh Fringe director resigns

28 Aug 2008

Jon Morgan steps down following troubled year for festival

The director of the Edinburgh Fringe is to step down after just over one year in the post.

Fringe box office crisis to be investigated

21 Aug 2008

As the world's largest arts festival enters its final week, speculation is rife about the outcome of an inquiry into the failure of the Fringe Office's ticketing system. The Festival Fringe Society has ordered an independent inquiry into its own box…

Annie Lennox cancels festival appearance

21 Aug 2008

The Festival of Politics was dealt a blow last week after one of its headliners, Annie Lennox, was forced to pull out of her appearance at the Scottish Parliament. Holyrood cited ill health for the no-show and Lennox released a statement saying that she…

Steven Moffat lined up for TV Festival

21 Aug 2008

Award-winning writer, Steven Moffat, who was recently named as Russell T Davies' successor as executive producer and lead writer for Doctor Who, will speak at this year's MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. The announcement…

Nam Le beams into Book Festival

21 Aug 2008

Vietnamese-born celebrated Australian writer, Nam Le is set to be beamed in live from the Melbourne Writers Festival, as part of an addition to the Edinburgh International Book Festival line-up. Le will talk about his debut collection of short stories…